Extracting data from hard drive in a dead computer isn’t typically all that hard – unless it’s the drive itself that caused the problem.
As long as the problem isn’t a damaged hard drive, you may be able to access your data with a Linux CD, or even better, a backup recovery CD.
Writing over a file is a good way to lose data, but if you are willing to dive into some command line programs, you may be able to recover some of it.
If you are doing regular image backups of your computer, and incremental backups of new data you’re good. But what about the files you are working on today?
There are many reasons a computer might get stuck continually rebooting. Fortunately there’s no need to lose data. You have several ways to get your data off there and with a little bit of luck you may get you a working system again as well.
Occasionally, when moving a drive to another machine, it’ll show up as unformatted. I’ll look at some possible causes and actions to take.